Definition of tote in English:

tote

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Carry, wield, or convey (something heavy or substantial)

    ‘here are books well worth toting home’
    [as adjective, in combination] ‘a gun-toting loner’
    • ‘No-one likes having foreigners toting guns in their country and the coalition forces should leave the instant they are no longer needed.’
    • ‘He walked around several people toting heavy boxes, to the door where his folder had disappeared.’
    • ‘He was wearing a gorgeous business suit and toting a brief case.’
    • ‘It is a theme park devoted to the lost socialist Atlantis complete with sub-machine gun toting guards and a rebuilt stretch of the Berlin Wall.’
    • ‘Still, I noted that our ground crew made a point of toting a bottle of champagne around, in case a peace offering was in order.’
    • ‘For a writer, toting a notebook and pen legitimizes virtually any activity carried out in a bar, restaurant or cemetery.’
    • ‘Outside my back door, I see the neighbor's black cat toting a dead baby rat.’
    • ‘With newfound confidence, Mary Catherine went to some trade shows in New York, toting her stationery.’
    • ‘Spend the day toting kids around to school and the store.’
    • ‘In other words, they are our anti-establishment, book toting superheroes.’
    • ‘What he saw was two men toting their guns, waiting for him to get out.’
    • ‘If young people are going around toting weapons, then that is because the laws already in existence are not being enforced.’
    • ‘Each man carried two canteens, and the party as a whole toted half a dozen or so two-gallon camp kettles.’
    • ‘Witnesses said that two Hispanic men were seen toting the garments away.’
    • ‘Walking behind him in single file were four beautiful women - one carried a pair of huge sneakers, another had a towel draped around her shoulders, a third toted sweat socks, and the fourth had a small bottle of cologne.’
    • ‘Men toting guns were ransacking shops of whatever they could carry.’
    • ‘He carried eight times for 14 yards in Week Four after toting the rock 37 times in Week Three.’
    • ‘As a restaurateur turned guitar toting sea-dog with his own yacht, he probably knows what he's talking about.’
    • ‘The story is a series of improbable events that lead to armed ex-convicts toting a nuclear device to a plane bound for the Bahamas.’
    • ‘In one drill, he toted a 3-pound football, about three times heavier than a regulation model.’
    carry, lift, bear, tote, heave, hoist, shoulder, manhandle
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noun

informal
  • A tote bag.

    ‘a chocolate brown leather tote with ponyskin appliqué’
    • ‘A tote is probably the most popular luggage piece and it is perfect for those last minute must haves while you are away!’
    • ‘In one gray plastic bin a lilac cardigan, neatly folded, nestles against a small black canvas tote.’
    • ‘She opened her tote (woven rattan, a knock-off on the latest Newport style) and flipped through her now well-worn Vogue, focused on the society snapshot pages.’
    • ‘With a squeal of excitement, she dove into her calfskin tote and snatched out her cell, her face lighting up happily.’
    • ‘Within the small tote at his side lies the journal into which he places all of his thoughts and recollections.’
    • ‘It's fun to collect things and keep them all in a tote for a snowy day.’
    • ‘The line includes totes, packs, and handbags in sizes for every need.’
    • ‘It was then that I discovered the beauty of the tote and messenger bag, and their next-generation cousins - bowling ball bag, duffel tote or, my personal favourite, the diaper bag.’
    • ‘At first glance, an accessory is just that - a cute little handbag, a pair of shoes, a tote…’
    • ‘It easily converts from a tote to a backpack, and includes a front organizer for business essentials, side mesh pockets for water bottle and accessories, and adjustable backpack straps.’
    • ‘OK, so you've forgotten your tote, and you've ended up with a plastic bag.’
    • ‘I bought a $25 orange tote and other steals, including an Asian dress that goes nicely over jeans and a pair of in-vogue jeweled slippers.’
    • ‘Lily picked Petal up and put her back in the tote.’
    • ‘Crossing the carpeted floor to the counter, I set my tote on the gray marble surface and unzipped it.’
    • ‘If it is leather, suede, or a leather-fabric combination, a tote can be a good companion for a work outfit.’
    • ‘A woman who first seems to be carrying a patch of cloud-mottled sky in her lap proves to be clutching a blue net tote containing crumpled tissue and mail.’
    • ‘To begin with, the Magic Bag comes as either a tote or a backpack.’
    • ‘This cute striped tote is perfect for carrying your lunch to school or as a simple purse.’
    • ‘By itself, a WaterField Cargo Bag is a convenient, stylish tote for your cell phone, keys, newspapers, documents, and other stuff.’
    • ‘After you pay for your items and the cashier gives you a bag, simply put that bag down into your tote and you won't have to worry about the straps breaking or becoming weak.’

Origin

Late 17th century: probably of dialect origin.

Pronunciation:

tote

/təʊt/

Definition of Tote in English:

Tote

noun

British
trademark
  • A system of betting based on the use of the totalizator, in which dividends are calculated according to the amount staked rather than odds offered.

    ‘he has taken a risk with the tote’
    • ‘Australian libertarianism (not just libertinism) found its feet during those many long hours of arguing whether the tote should be privatized.’
    • ‘In Victoria, in contrast, race clubs had legalised bookmakers and banned the tote.’
    • ‘Tramore's August Racing Festival attracted record attendances of 27,000 over the four days with racegoers wagering over €2m with the bookmakers and on the tote.’
    • ‘That slice of a reduced margin is only on Betfair profits, not a percentage of turnover as happens via racing with the totes and bookies here.’
    • ‘As a result, the good chances in the race pay better dividends on the tote.’
    • ‘The five event card entertained a loyal band of Barkly race goers, who could participate in on course punting with the tote and Alice bookmaker Garry Owen on hand.’
    • ‘And he's not convinced the totes will lose that many customers.’
    • ‘Proceedings will get underway and the white flag will be raised at 9.30 pm and it is expected that a large crowd will turn out on the night to enjoy a night of good fun and crack with plenty of money exchanging hands at the tote.’
    • ‘There was a great night's entertainment had by all with several shrewd punters making money on the tote and others leaving the premises with quite a hole in their pockets.’
    • ‘Between bookmakers and tote over 50000 changed hands.’
    • ‘Guests then registered with the totes for a minimum of 100 and received a 30 free bet.’
    • ‘Site licensees include hotels, taverns, shebeens, pubs, bookmakers and totes that provide premises where gambling machines may be played and who must obtain their machines from licensed route operators.’
    • ‘But was there something about - I mean he came essentially from the wrong side of the tracks; because of his background in horse racing and the totes, the illegal activities, he was shunned by a great section of Melbourne society.’
    • ‘The winner which was the 6/4 favourite with the layers paid over 7/1 on the tote.’
    • ‘Excluded from this scenario are the betting exchanges - who as with the totes, only take commission on bets and therefore have no exposure on the result.’
    • ‘This year, more than €7 million will be placed in bets at the tote at the racecourse and another €20 million in betting shops.’
    • ‘The totes were kept busy throughout the afternoon with the lucky winners collecting their cash.’

Origin

Late 19th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

Tote

/təʊt/